Since the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981, persons with disabilities have organized themselves into their own organizations all over the world, these organizations are sometimes called Disabled People's Organizations or DPOs. DPO's are those controlled by a majority of persons with disabilities (51%) at the board and membership levels. The role of these organizations includes providing a voice of their own, identifying needs, expressing views on priorities, evaluating services and advocating change and public awareness. Some Organizations also provide or sell equipment.
DPOs believe that persons with disabilities are their own best spokespersons and their role has been and is fundamental for the human rights movement of persons with disabilities. There are a variety of different types of disability groups that have there own organizations & these include persons with Mobility Impairments.
Types of Disability Organizations In South Africa
There are a wide range of advocacy and self-help organization which exist in South Africa. They include organizations such as the overtly political Disabled People South Africa, aligned with the ruling African National Congress, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Disability info South Africa (DiSA) as well as single-issue national organizations such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and then there are organisations that offer specific products or services such as Sports (SASAPD) or Accommodation (Cheshire Home), to name just a few.
- Cross-disability organizations, such as the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Disability info South Africa (DiSA), which represents the interests of all persons with disabilities in South Africa.
- Diagnostic-focused organizations, such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), which represents a medical diagnostic group, such as Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
- Population-specific organizations, such as Disabled Women South Africa, which represent a population group, such as Women with disabilities.
- Service Specific Organisations, are Organisations that offer specific products or services such (SASAPD, which is in charge of sports for persons with disabilities in South Africa) or Accommodation (Cheshire Homes - which is an international organisation, but has organisations and homes in different provinces)
1. Cross Disability Organizations
Cross-disability organizations represent the interests of all persons with disabilities in South Africa, and include the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Disability info South Africa (DiSA).
National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)
The NCPD is a NGO with a footprint throughout South Africa that plays a lobbying & advocacy role when it comes to the rights of persons with disabilities. "We're an umbrella body coordinating the advancement of the rights of persons with physical disabilities in accordance with the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and more. We have nine provincial Associations for Persons with Disabilities with numerous projects and branches that focus on rural development as well as social."
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities does advocacy work and services leading to an equitable and inclusive society. "We are affiliated to the South African Disability Alliance, as well as Rehabilitation International. Our programmes cover the whole of South Africa."
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer a wide variety of different Services, which include:
Job Placement & Skills Development: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities have programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs & acquire skills that they my need in the workplace. "We offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, including: Job placement, Skills development, Preferential procurement, Ownership and supply chain development."
Workplace Policy & Disability Equity Training: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offers Disability Equality Training courses to address the need for information about the reality of disability. Training is tailor made for every sector, including: Tourism, Tertiary Education, Banking, Mining and more. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organizational behavior which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents disabled people from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society. Training is done by an expert well trained team of persons with disabilities.
Training: The NCPD is proud to be in a position to offer various SETA accredited training courses ( short course, learnerships and internships) together with corporate partners whom then get their BBBEE POINTS for the DTI scorecard. We also do short training of Professionals in the Services and Health profession , for which these professionals get CPD points. The courses for architects, and other professionals is not accredited for CPD points. Other training includes Caregiver training for carers of children or adults; Governance training; Fundraising training; Disability Equity training; Reasonable accommodation; Inclusive design; Various impairments and the implications; Drivers of persons with disabilities; Human Rights and advocacy; Assistive device repairs & Transport and driving training. The majority of training sessions can be tailor-made to suit your needs.
Assistive Devices: Many persons with disabilities require the use of an assistive device for independence, but these devices are usually extremely expensive and therefore unaffordable for the majority. The public health system does what it can to provide devices, but the demand is huge and it cannot entirely fulfill the need. NCPD is not in a position to fund assistive devices, but from time to time, we are approached by donors wishing to fund assistive devices, which we can then pass on to individuals requiring devices.
Universal Design & Access: Persons with disabilities are often excluded from many Events, Services, Information, Communication, Products and Venues, due to all users not considered during the planning phases. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can assist to prevent this from happening by applying Universal Design Principals during the design phase.
Va Va iYouth (Children With Disabilities): Vava iYouth is a project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). As a youth wing of the NCPD, Vava iYouth is aimed at ensuring inclusion and equity for children and young persons with disabilities in South Africa in every facet of their lives and livelihoods. We serve all youth with disabilities irrespective of impairment, race, language, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality.
Raising Awareness: Living in an age where information is for the most part a click away to a large part of society, should mean that persons with disabilities enjoy all their non-disabled counterparts do, but despite democracy and the information age, persons with disabilities often still find themselves on the side-line when it comes to securing employment or even just having access to enjoy a sports match or theatre production. The need for raising awareness of impairment, disability and related matters, we aim to raise the level of awareness about disability related issues through various initiatives.
Economic Empowerment: We go to certain areas to ascertain if the information we have on-hand is correct and/or to be up-to-date with the current situation in those areas. The same goes for projects but with projects we also need to see how sustainable these projects are and if they need assistance to either stay the course or change the project toward better outcomes for the participants and beneficiaries of these projects.
Beach Permits: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department of Environmental Services, offers persons with severe physical Mobility Impairments the opportunity to gain access to certain beaches, by obtaining a permit from DEAT.
Motor Vehicle Importation Rebates: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can assist you to apply for a Rebate on a new vehicle that has been imported and has been or will be adapted to suite you and your disability. The SA government (through the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), the Department of Trade, Industry and Competitions (DTI) and the SA Revenue Services) provides a rebate on the customs duty of the importation of adapted vehicles, either for use by persons with disabilities who drive themselves (self-drive), or by an organisation or individual that transports persons with disabilities (assisted transport). The rebate is also available for imported second-hand vehicles that have already been adapted.
Parking Discs: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can also supply information and assist with registering and applying for a Disabled Parking Disk, so that you will be able to park in a Disabled Parking space if you qualify.
Other Services: Other Services: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can also supply information and assist with a variety of other Services, including: Universal Design and Access Audits; Disability Equity Training, Workplace services such as Job Placement, reasonable accommodation and Policy Review, Internships and training; as well as Entrepreneurs with disabilities; Disability information and children’s programmes; Fund Raising and Referrals of persons with disabilities needing our services. Contact us for more information on: Tel: +27 11 452 2774 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or read the article below about the Fund Raising Partnerships that the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities are involved in.
The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities organize and run a number of fun raising projects to help raise funds including "Casual Day" and the "Nappy Run"
"Casual Day: is South Africa’s leading fundraising & awareness campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). Casual Day was launched in 1995 and is an awareness and fundraising campaign benefiting persons with disabilities. Each year on the first Friday of September, South Africans are encouraged to go to work or school dressed differently and to wear the official Casual Day sticker to show their support for persons with disabilities."
"Nappy Run: is a 5km Fun Run which takes place at the Joburg Zoo every year coinciding with National Children’s Day, the purpose of the Nappy Run™ campaign is to educate the public on the violation of rights of our country’s most marginalized and vulnerable group of people – children with disabilities and to appeal to the public for online donations which go towards the purchase of nappies for children with disabilities.
The event is organised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and forms part of the NCPD’s observation of South Africa’s Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) in November. The Nappy Run campaign runs until 3 December to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), while DRAM also culminates on that same day. For more information about the Nappy Run™ fun run, or to make a donation, visit www.nappyrun.org.za.
2. Diagnostic Focused Organizations
Diagnostic-focused organizations, such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa represent a medical diagnostic group, such as Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”
QASA is a member of the South Africa Disability Alliance (SADA) and has significant relationships with other such organisations, such as the Department of Social Development, the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund and the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPD).
QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. Six Regional Associations are affiliated to QASA: Gauteng South, Gauteng North, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. The QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association.
QASA run a number of Projects and Services which include: Advocacy & lobbying; Conducting awareness campaigns on the cause and prevention of spinal cord injury; Publication and distribution of information on disability rights; Rural outreach; Developing social enterprises to sustain individuals and Regional Associations; Providing sport and hobby activities; driver training in adapted vehicles, Provision of transport, Provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships, Computer training, Consulting, Disability sensitizing and workshops.
QASA is sustained by strategic relationships with corporates, social enterprise, the National Lottery Commission and a number of campaigns & events. Some of QASA’s projects generate revenue which services the essential non-revenue generating projects.
Read the article below to find out more about these Projects and Services that QASA run or visit their website at www.qasa.co.za.
QASA Projects & Services
Beach Wheelchairs: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), through the kind sponsorship from Approved Auto and the Rotary Club of Kloof has placed 2 ‘beach wheelchairs’ at Durban beachfront locations. Another 2 ‘beach wheelchairs’ are placed at Granny’s Pool, Southbroom.
SABAT Battery: SABAT sponsors every QASA member with an electric wheelchair, one set of batteries each year. The battery project is a partnership between QASA and SABAT which has been in operation since July 2003. This project has ensured that thousands of quadriplegics and paraplegics remain mobile.
Wheelchair Fund: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) have a Wheelchair Fund and provides Wheelchairs, Seating, Assistive Devices and Mobility Aids for people who need specialised seating and wheelchair requirements. Members apply, are assessed and are awarded wheelchairs to suit their mobility need, therefor ensuring that members are as mobile and functional as possible. QASA also provides peer support as part of our empowerment responsibilities, batteries for Quadriplegics using power wheelchairs, and various publications.
Self Help Centres: One of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) main focus areas is promoting independent living for quadriplegics and paraplegics. With limited access to education and the formal labour market, and in many cases reliant on the government’s disability grant, quadriplegics and paraplegics are often left with little choice but to be dependent on family members for a home. QASA’s solution is to provide self help centre’s which allow communities of wheelchair users to live independently of their families. The self help centre’s provide accommodation, meals, care attendants and transport to the residents.
Wheelchair Parking Bays & Disks: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) provides Parking Disks to persons who use wheelchairs, so that they can easily transfer in and out of their vehicle at shopping centres etc. by using the extra space that the wheelchair parking bays provide. You can apply to, to register and receive a disabled parking disc from QASA, if you are using a wheelchair on a temporary or permanent bases.
Conducting Awareness Campaigns: QASA Conducts various Awareness Campaigns and prevention programmes which aim to prevent future injuries by simply making the public aware of simplest things, these prevention programmes include the "Diving Prevention Campaign" & "Buckle Up"' - "We Don’t Want New Members". QASA also does awareness talks at school and have a strong relationship with the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund.
1. Diving Prevention Program: QASA produced a DVD warning of the dangers of diving, which is a major cause of spinal cord injury.
2. Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund: QASA has a strong relationship with the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund. The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund assists all spinal cord injured persons, who have injured themselves playing sport. Furthermore, they promote the wellness of rugby and prevention of spinal cord injury in rugby.
2. Buckle Up: "We Don’t Want New Members": Is a road safety campaign aimed at getting motorists to use their seatbelts.
Sports Fund - Providing Sport & Hobby Activities: QASA staunchly supports all disabled sports initiatives in South Africa. To this end, QASA has set up a Sports Fund, to which any QASA member can apply for financial assistance for a sporting activity. The Sports Fund has also supported participants in quadriplegic rugby, the SABAT Power Wheelchair Race, the Outeniqua Challenge wheelchair race, table tennis, dancing and darts.
Employment Project: QASA aims to improve the participation of persons with disabilities by providing them with employment opportunities. In addition, QASA encourages positive changes in the perception and attitudes toward disabilities within the corporate sector. At present QASA’s “Employment Project” is the driving force to support people with disabilities into the workforce and maximize their opportunity to be identified and placed. QASA’s Employment Project activities involve building an, updated and comprehensive database of people with disabilities and their skills.
Work Readiness Programme: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) have launched the Work Readiness Programme which is being offered in three centres in South Africa, they are hosted by QAGN in Pretoria and QAWC in Durbanville as well as at the Victor Daitx Training Centre which is on the property of the QASA office in Gillitts. The Work Readiness Programme bridges the gap to employment for our Members who are Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
Provision Of Transport: QASA has vehicles with adaptations necessary to allow persons with disabilities the opportunity of car hire during their travels.
The David Lewis Lodge: The David Lewis Lodge is a guest Lodge facility owned by QASA which is situated in Edenvale, Johannesburg and provides accessible accommodation for wheelchair users.
Universal Design & Access: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) can assist with various issues relating to Universal Design & Access. The National Access Authority (NAA) provides a policing and advisory service for access issues and deals with access complaints and transgressions of the National Building Regulations. By promoting an accessible environment and taking to task, abuse of human rights, this project has ensured more accessible environments and promoted the concept of Universal design.
Disability Sensitizing And Workshops: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) provide sensitization training to corporates and Government, in order to deal with prejudices and inequalities towards disability and change mind sets and create opportunities for people with disabilities to integrate. Training is also given regularly to the service providers to airlines on the safe and appropriate handling of assisted passengers, thus developing a better service for assisted passengers who travel. These projects have a revenue stream for QASA.
Bags Of Hope: QASA provides assistance for people leaving hospital after sustaining spinal cord injuries, by providing them with useful information and products. When somebody sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI), they will need anything from three months to a couple of years of rehabilitation in a hospital before they are ready to go back into normal life. This rehabilitation will teach the person how to manage the physical aspects of their disability, such as bladder and bowel function, use of a wheelchair and other assistive devices, and pressure care, as well as giving them resources to address issues such as independent living, employment and sexual options.
Care Attendant Training Courses: Through QASA and the Momentum National Care Attendant Training Courses, QASA aims to prevent pressure sores to residents in Self Help Centres & give formal training about pressure sores and the general care of paraplegics and quadriplegics.
Education Fund: One of QASA’s main areas of focus is that of developing the skills and thereby the employment potential of people with disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities have been prevented from gaining basic and further qualifications through physical and attitudinal barriers to access to such opportunities. QASA has a number of initiatives to tackle these barriers and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills and qualifications, these include the provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships; Employment Support through learnerships and promoting small businesses owned by persons with disabilities.
Publication & Distribution of Information on Disability Rights: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) are involved in and provide a number of publications that supply information essential for persons with disabilities, these include:
- Rolling Inspiration Magazine: A bi-monthly lifestyle magazine for people with mobility impairments.
- A-Z Guide: A glossy insert to Rolling Inspiration magazine providing information about all products and suppliers in the disability sector.
- Automobility: A glossy insert to Rolling Inspiration magazine providing information about vehicles and vehicle adaptations.
- Sawubona Disability: A publication in five languages (English, Afrikaans, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu), covering the myths, manners, dos and don’ts about disability.
- Sexuality and Sex options for Spinal cord injured: A publication presenting the opportunities for sexual options and sexuality issues, also covering issues of HIV/AIDS.
- SCI for Illiterate persons: This publication explains spinal cord injury in pictorial form to assist people who are illiterate.
- SCI information booklet: This publication, explains spinal cord injury for all to understand. To ensure that all people with spinal cord injury and their families have a good understanding of the condition.
Driver Training In Adapted Vehicles: One of the biggest obstacles that many Persons with Mobility Impairments often encounter, is getting their independence back and being able to drive a vehicle. Driving Ambitions Driving School gives persons with physical disabilities who have the agility to drive, the opportunity to take driving lessons with the objective of getting their driving licence, thus giving the independence back to many Persons With Disabilities. The Driving Ambitions Driving School is managed with the assistance from Rolling Rehab, under contract to the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA). It comprises of adapted vehicles in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, with professional driver trainers. Visit the YouTube video clip on the right to see one of the vehicles which is used and is appropriate for persons who would like to learn to drive from their wheelchair.
Rolling Rehab is run by Occupational Therapist Caroline Rule seen in the video above. They offer an independent consultancy service where they do a holistic assessment of the individual’s needs and abilities, and advise whether they are safe to start driving or to continue driving after an accident or illness which may have affected their ability to adequately control a vehicle. Each assessment is customized according to the client’s needs and include:
Rolling Rehab makes recommendations on what vehicles and adaptations are best suited to their clients needs, as well as running regularly workshops for therapists and driving instructors who want to improve their knowledge about driving adaptations and the effects of disability on driving ability. To find out more, visit: Rolling Rehab - Workshops
QASA Provincial Organizations
QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. The Six Regional Associations are affiliated to QASA and the QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association including:
The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape (QAWC): which is a non-profit organisation and represents quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Any person may become a member of the organisation and the QAWC membership is drawn from various diverse areas across the Western Cape. The organisation is managed by a management committee and has two representatives on the management committee of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), under whose jurisdiction QAWC falls. In addition to this, QAWC has a working relationship with APD Western Cape, are represented on the executive committee of the Western Cape Network on Disability as well and on the facility board of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, the hospital that caters specifically for wheelchair users.
QAWC strives to improve the lives of and fights for the rights of quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Through prevention and awareness campaigns, QAWC aims to prevent spinal cord injuries as well as educate the general public about the realities of living with a spinal cord injury. In addition to this QAWC also provide a number of other projects and services for quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape.
3. Population Specific Organizations
Disabled Women South Africa
Disabled Women South Africa is a mass women formation of DPSA, it promotes equalization of opportunities in all spheres of life for all disabled women. It champions the general interests and rights of Disabled women in socio-economic and political life of the country and promotes gender equality amongst the non-disabled and disabled people in general as well as the empowerment of disabled women.
4. Service Specific Organisations
"Service Specific Organisations" are those Organisations that offer specific products or services such as SASAPD, which is in charge of various sports for persons with disabilities in South Africa or Cheshire Homes, which is an international organisation that now has more than 500 service centres in 57 countries around the world, including 16 Cheshire Homes Centres in South Africa, and three in Gauteng, including the Ann Harding Cheshire Home in Northwold in Johannesburg.
Ann Harding Cheshire Homes
The Ann Harding Cheshire Home was established over 30 years ago following the donation of the grounds by Ben Harding, whose mother, Ann was disabled - hence the name Ann Harding Cheshire Home. Cheshire Homes are structured around community needs and local communities, they recognise the needs relating to persons with disabilities and have homes in different provinces. These facilities are suitably equipped and offer accommodation with 24 hour care.
The Ann Harding Cheshire Home is a registered Non-Profit Organisation for the care, education, training and development of persons with physical disabilities of all races and religions. Ann Harding Cheshire Homes was opened in 1976 in a house and land donated by the Council. The house, which is now the Charity Shop, was only large enough to house eight Residents, and even that was tight.
Development of the surrounding land only took place much later, and in 1988 a building to house 40 Residents was opened. The Home is named after the physically disabled mother of one Benjamin Charles Harding who originally donated property for the Home which proved unsuitable for development. This property was sold, and the money used to develop the current land.
We provide our Residents, all of whom live here permanently, with comfortable accommodation, 24 hour care, nutritious meals, laundry, access to therapists and social worker as well as physiotherapists, state clinics and hospitals and private practitioners using our own specially adapted vehicles. The majority of our 40 residents have taken up permanent residence having suffered from, and becoming permanently disabled. A wide variety of daily activities keeps our Residents motivated and educated. The more popular ones are arts and crafts, painting, bingo, chess and card games. More recently (2014), we have upgraded our swimming pool, which is now a heated therapy pool. Residents are enjoying spending time in the pool with our full-time Occupational Therapist, as well a private Physiotherapists.
Ann Harding Cheshire Home has a committee of dedicated members who ensure exemplary ethics and code of conduct, and that any funds received are used for the intended purpose. Monthly reports detail the progress made in the utilisation of all donations, sponsorships and bequests made.
Ann Harding Home is run like a business, with the care and advancement of our residents the first priority. The residents themselves have a significant say in the running of the home, through the Residents' Committee, which is fully represented on the Home Management Committee. The Home is registered as a PBO, and can therefore offer Section 18a certificates for tax purposes.
For capital projects we offer naming rights, which bring the prestige of being associated with a long-standing NGO in the community. Our donors are proud to be associated with us, because of our good reputation and transparency. We are in good standing with the local media, schools and businesses in the community, and have the privilege of being supported by numerous volunteers from all walks of life. We prefer to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that deliver significant benefits to disabled people and the stakeholders of a business alike.
Future plans include further development on Ann Harding Land, whereby the vision is to build:
- A subacute step-down facility for physically disabled adults
- Twenty two 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Independent Living Units for persons with physical disabilities, and a Caregiver or family member. (See image to the right or the following link: Independent Living for persons with mobility impairments.)
- A Skills Development Centre to cater for all three homes in Johannesburg, as well as the surrounding community
In addition to applying for funding, Ann Harding also hold a number of fundraising events each year. These are always very successful and assist enormously with costs. We also run a very successful Charity Shop, which is well supported by the local community. Long term plans include building self-living units, which will be sold on a life-rights basis. The Home has a hall which is hired out to companies for meetings, training courses etc.
The best way to assess our services is to visit our Home, and we welcome such visits. The Home is a warm, homely place, with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. Common areas include lounges, tea areas, a computer room, therapy room and dining area. Above all, we are always cognisant of the fact that this is the residents’ home, and their comfort is foremost in our minds. Should you have any queries, or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on the details below:
Ann Harding Cheshire Home: Contact Jackie Kyle (Fundraising Manager) on: 011 792 3510 or 082 764 0973, or via Email: Jackie@cheshirehomes.org.za Website: www.annhardingcheshirehome.org.za. Physical Address: Plot 40, 4th Road, Northwold, 2155. Registration No’s: 020-102-NPO; PBO 18/11/13/4017 Bank Details: Ann Harding Cheshire Home, First National Bank, Northgate Branch Branch Code: 256755, Acc no: 50410145574.
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- International organizations such as the International Paralympic Committee
- National sports organizations that govern abeld bodied sports, as well as some disability sports, such as The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
- South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD), which govern some physically disabled sports.
- Provincial Sports organizations, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired.
- Sports Club Organizations, which offer either a single or a variety of sports in a particular province or city in South Africa.
1. International Paralympic Committee
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organise the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for ten sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.
The vision of the IPC, run by 200 members, is ‘To enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’
2. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for South Africa, and are the responsible body for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games. SASCOC is also responsible for high-performance sport in the country and coordinates the relationship with various international sports federations. They not only help look after all our various National Federations who are affiliated to them, but are also responsible for awarding National Protea Colours to athletes who have met the criteria to represent South Africa in different sporting codes, including:
3. The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD)
The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled ( SASAPD) was established in 1962 and focuses on the development and promotion of the sporting codes offered at Paralympic level for athletes with Physical Disabilities, Visual Impairments and blindness.
They offer pathways for qualification towards Paralympic Games across a variety of sports, through their affiliations with international bodies such as: IBSA, IWAS, CPISRA and The Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled. They also work and are an affiliate member of SASCOC as well as being associated members of a number of other national sporting federations.
4. Provincial Sports Associations
There are also many Provincial Sports Associations that govern a variety sports in a particular province in South Africa, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired.
The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired: have a sound understanding and passion to build character through sport. "Our executive has years of experience working with the disabled in sport and other social environments. We have an in-depth understanding of our sport codes and the special classification criteria that is associated with each code."
Some Sports Club Organizations are also available and offer either a single or a variety of sports in a particular province or city in South Africa, these clubs may include "Disabled" and Abled Body athletes or just "Disabled" athletes. There are a variety of these clubs in South Africa, including:
The Differently Abled Cricket Club: which is an open cricket club for the differently abled cricket players, which includes the Blind, Deaf, Intellectually Impaired (SID and MID) and Physically Disabled. We are the only club of this kind in South Africa and we would like to make it our goal in getting other regions to follow suit!
To find a Sports Organization or Club that can assist you, visit our "Activities, Sports Organizations & Clubs" Search Facility on the following link: http://disabilityinfosa.co.za/search-for-info/sports-clubs-organizations/ or visit our "Sport for Mobility Impaired" to find out more about the sports that are available for you
Support For Organisations
NGO's and NPO's including those listed above have historically provided much needed support for a number of causes in South Africa, including supporting persons with disabilities. They work for the empowerment of persons with disabilities through various initiatives focused on providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training and placement based rehabilitation, as well as fighting to improve accessibility, so that persons with disabilities can take part equally in society. However they cannot do this alone, most NGO's and NPO's require funding from the public, government or various companies to be able to assist them to do this.
Fundraising skills can be learnt, thanks to companies and individuals such as Annelise de Jagger and her NPO Fundraising Forum, individuals working at NPO's can be taught skills to be able to raise funds an run these NPO's.
Annelise – NPO Fundraising Forum
Annelise de Jagger is known for her excellent leadership, business skills, and innovative ideas for which she has won numerous awards. Annelise is an inspirational teacher, and as a qualified Neuro Coach, she focuses on emotional intelligence and personal development of the people and groups she works with. She excels in both the corporate and charity sectors, where she has worked extensively for the past 30 years and has initiated and run large fundraising campaigns, both nationally and internationally. Raising more than R200 000 million through innovative campaigns which have been running for 25 consecutive years in South Africa!
For the past number of years, Annelise has been focusing on empowering people through personal development via her inspirational seminars, workshops and training series where she empowers people in both the corporate and NGO sector.
The NPO Fundraising Forum is for people working in the Non-Profit sector including welfare organisations, schools and even churches. As a member of the NPO Fundraising Forum, you will receive practical training on how to successfully promote and raise funds for your organisation.
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